Biz buzz:
‘Fast Food Nation’ author at Steakhouse

       Eric Schlosser, author of the best-seller, “Fast Food Nation,” will come to the Ranch Steakhouse and Market, 575 Garden of the Gods Road, for a book-signing and fund-raiser for injured meat-packing plant workers Thursday, July 20.
       Tickets are $45 a person. A food sampler will be included.
       A fictionalized movie version of the book is scheduled for release this fall, with the premiere in Colorado Springs, where much of the book is based and portions of the movie were filmed.
       “We are very excited and honored to host Eric Schlosser during his visit to Colorado Springs,” said Mike Callicrate, owner of Ranch Foods Direct and the Ranch Steakhouse, who helped edit Schlosser's book. “His book tells the story of what drives our company and why we are so committed to creating an alternative food system that is socially, environmentally and nutritionally beneficial.”
       Reservations are necessary. The phone is 593-1955.
       Westside-based Goodwill Industries will hold one of its thrice-annual Doll Sales Friday and Saturday, July 14-15.
       The sale, at 2340F Montebello Sq. Dr. (near Academy and Montebello), will offer 10,000 dolls or doll items from $1 each to collectibles worth hundreds of dollars. The hours will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.
       The sales are fund-raisers for Goodwill, a non-profit agency that provides assistance and employment to the disadvantaged and disabled.
       For more information, call 635-4483.
       Red Mango Gallery & Gifts will open Saturday, July 15 at 10 S. 25th St. (the former location of the Holly Leaf).
       Owner Patti Blakeman says she will specialize in her own art works as well as those of local and international artists and will also offer “funky ecletic gifts.”
       The store will be open Tuesday through Sunday.
       The phone is 633-7060.
       The Manitou Springs Garden Club will host artist Mary Helsaple in a cookbook signing at the Garden of the Gods Gourmet, 2528 W. Cucharras St., Thursday, July 20 from 3 to 7 p.m. Helsaple designed the cover art for the locally published A Taste For Gardening cookbook. For more information, call 633- 9248/471-2799.

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